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What Happens If You Don’t Have an Automatic Home Backup Power Generator in Jacksonville, Florida
Tucked into the northeast corner of Florida, Jacksonville was first established by the French as Fort Caroline in 1564, making it one of the nation’s earliest European settlements. Today, Jacksonville is not only the most populous city in Florida and the largest city by land area in the Lower 48; it also has more shoreline than any other U.S. city. With all that shoreline, it’s not surprising to find Jacksonville (along with six other Florida cities) in the “Top 10 Most Climate Change Vulnerable U.S. Cities,” in danger of rising sea levels and more frequent and intense hurricanes in the future.
It is both Jacksonville’s rich history and its location that define its unique character – and its weather. The city straddles both sides of the St. Johns River, just 20 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, and sits just north of the line where the Florida Peninsula ends and continental North America begins.
Jacksonville has a humid subtropical climate, but if you live here, you know that means that on a day-to-day basis, we have a wide range of temperatures, humidity, and weather events. Summer is hot, long, and wet, with brief, intense downpours, lots of thunder and lightning, and oppressive humidity that can make average highs in the low 90’s feel like 110 degrees. Winter brings 10 to 15 nights below freezing, rare snow, and short but intense cold snaps that contribute to Jacksonville’s high number of power outages.
The fact that only one hurricane – Hurricane Dora – made a direct hit on Jacksonville in the past 150 years can be misleading. Jacksonville and its nearby beaches frequently endure hurricane or near-hurricane conditions when storms cross the state from the Gulf of Mexico, or pass by the city going north or south in the Atlantic Ocean. More than a dozen hurricanes have pummeled Jacksonville with winds of 70-110 mph, torrential rain, and storm surges, triggering tornadoes, flooding, and major power outages.
When a weakened Hurricane Irma passed 75 miles to the west of Jacksonville on September 11, 2017, more than 300,000 homes lost power, many for five days or more. Irma launched Jacksonville’s highest storm surge on record, which was boosted by runoff from torrential rains to push the St. Johns River to its highest level in 180 years. Downtown water heights hit 5’6”, damaging the power grid and requiring 300+ high-water rescues.
While severe storms cause most of our major power outages, almost every day, somewhere in the Jacksonville area, collisions, wildlife misadventure (think squirrels, snakes, and short circuits), or equipment failures also disrupt residential electric service.
Fortunately, once located, these can usually be resolved in 3-5 hours. But not always. We’ve all experienced seemingly random power outages that can last for all or most of a day. And, even a short outage can stop you and your family in your tracks when you aren’t prepared.
For example, you could have been one of 13,000 homes that lost power when a Southside substation’s lightning arrester accidentally switched off transmission lines, or one of 22,000 JEA customers whose power went off when a connection between the power grid and a substation failed.
And, if you live in Jacksonville, you know it’s not uncommon for random accidents to cause thousands of people to lose power unexpectedly — from a small plane crashing into power transmission lines in Orange Park (6,000 outages) or an automobile hitting a pole in the San Jose area (3100 outages), to a Mylar balloon that triggered a transformer fire near Merrill Road (2800 outages).
If you live in the Jacksonville area, you know that when your power goes out without warning – whether caused by severe weather, an accident, or malfunctioning power equipment — it doesn’t take too long for food, supplies, and peace of mind to run low.
If you don’t have an automatic backup home generator, your options are limited when the power goes out. You can hope and wait for it to come back on. That means no cooking, no lights, no refrigeration, no heat or air conditioning. There’s no TV, no phone chargers, no power for medical devices, and sometimes no running water. When outages are widespread, hunting down an available hotel room – or a kind-hearted friend with power who can take you in — can use up what’s left of your dwindling phone battery charge. That can be a gamble if the roads en route to your destination are blocked by high water, fallen trees, downed power lines, or traffic accidents.
While you can’t control the weather, you CAN avoid a replay of the inconvenience, worry, and insecurity that comes every time there’s a severe weather alert or a power glitch that could mean losing power in your home.
So, before the next season brings new power outage challenges, you can explore an altogether better option—the peace of mind that comes with uninterrupted power from an automatic, whole-home Generac standby generator from Canter Power Systems. We are an award-winning Generac dealer in Jacksonville and look forward to serving you.
When You’ve Got a Backup Generator in Jacksonville, Florida
Now, think about how your life would change if you never had to worry about being without power in Jacksonville again. If the power goes out – for any reason – you can relax in the comfort and protection of your own home. With a whole-house generator, your life goes on as usual, even if power is out for an extended period.
Whether it’s a storm, an equipment failure, or a sunny day blip, the backup generator for a home turns itself on automatically, just 15 seconds after the power goes off — and it stays on until utility service is restored. You don’t have to do anything.
And, if the power goes out while you’re not home, you don’t have to worry, even if you’ve been delayed. Maybe you’re inching your way home on I-295, stuck in traffic downtown, or slowed down by roadwork along East Bay Street. No matter how far away you are, your Generac standby generator will start up automatically and run everything that you count on in your house, just as if you were there.
Imagine this scenario the next time power goes off in Jacksonville. . .
Whether you live downtown, out on Jacksonville Beach, or in any of the communities in the Greater Jacksonville area, your lights and power are ON, even if all your neighbors’ homes are dark.
You can heat and cool your home, cook, wash dishes and clothes, bathe, charge your phones and computers and keep your refrigerated and frozen food safe. You can provide a haven for family members, friends, or neighbors who don’t have power. And, if someone in your family counts on power to keep medicines cool or to power medical equipment, you are covered.
Your whole family can watch television, listen to music, read books, play games, and use computers and phones to stay in contact with your larger world. Instead of rationing candles and flashlights, you can stay up after dark doing what you want and need to do. With your Canter Power Systems Generac whole-home generator, you can even select to run only certain appliances during a power outage if you prefer. The choice is 100% up to you.
Our Jacksonville, Florida Clients Enjoy Peace of Mind
If you live in Jacksonville, you’ve experienced how quickly storms and other power outages can make life complicated and stressful if you don’t have a backup generator for your home. School, work, and transportation are disrupted. You worry when you lose contact with family and friends — those who count on you, or those you count on — even if it’s just temporary.
It’s at times like these that you’ll really appreciate being in your own home, sleeping in your own bed, eating the food you like, and relaxing with your favorite TV programs, books, and family, not to mention having phone and internet service to keep up with school or work and to stay in contact with family and loved ones. Keeping up with closings and conditions in and around Jacksonville helps everyone in your household feel more at ease and connected — all made possible by a whole-house generator.
Canter Power generator owners throughout Jacksonville will tell you about the peace of mind that comes with knowing they will never again have to suffer through an unexpected or prolonged power loss. Thanks to your Canter Care Protection Plan’s 24/7 remote monitoring and automatic maintenance, you know that after our team completes your Generac generator installation, you are always ready for anything. And, you can plan far ahead by stocking up on food and supplies when it’s most convenient for you, because when an emergency strikes, you know you’ll be comfortable, safe, and fully powered in your own home.
When the Power Goes Off, Your Life Can Go On SM
Securing Your Whole Home Generator
Installation day is an exciting time for our customers! When our crew arrives with their new Generac generator, they know that they will no longer need to worry about random or severe power outages. We just wish we could be there to see the smile on your face the first time your automatic generator turns on.
Here’s How to Get Started with Your Whole Home Generator
1. Set up an appointment for your free estimate with our knowledgeable generator specialists. They are available for in-home or remote consultations. Your specialist will assess site conditions, provide clear project details and a materials list, and financing options. At the end, you’ll have everything you need to make a power-full decision.
2. On average, the cost for our white glove Generac generator installation and monitoring is $15,000 with the exception of double generators, service upgrades, or unusual circumstances. Your assigned specialist will help you find the perfect fit generator for you and your family. There are also financing options and payment plans available.
3. After signing the contract, the Canter team gets to work! Our check list includes over 100 items that we take care of for you, including permits, utility coordination, inspecting, and start-up. Everything is expertly handled to get your backup generator for home running in 45-60 days so that you can rest assured and be power full. Learn more about what to expect when you rely on Canter Power Systems as your Generac dealer in Jacksonville.
Contact Canter Power Systems NOW and avoid “roughing it” indoors.
Why Choose Canter Power Systems For Your Home Generator in Jacksonville, Florida
It’s important to make the best choices when it comes to protecting your family and your home when bad weather strikes, including choosing to work with the premier Generac dealer in Jacksonville.
Here’s why Canter stands apart from the competition:
- Recognized and awarded #1 Retail Installer of the Year for the entire U.S. by Generac (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
- We’ve provided both commercial and residential electrical services in the Southeastern U.S. since 1948. That’s more than 70 years!
- We offer customized home generator systems to fit your specific needs and budget
Will manage the entire process from start to finish:
- FREE in-home estimate (contactless, if desired)
- Match the appropriate standby generator system for your home
- Coordinate entire Generac generator installation and connection
- Perform installation with both electrical and gas connections, all required municipal permits and inspections, necessary testing, official start-up certification, and complete ongoing home generator support and service
We’re the largest automatic backup residential power generator installer and Generac dealer in the US for whole-house generators.
Generac Power Pro Premier Dealer in the North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi service areas.
Exclusive automatic backup residential power generator installer for over 700 Home Depot stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, most of Florida and Texas, plus sells and services the states of Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Can customize a Generac standby generator system to fit your specific needs and budget.
Is the authorized automatic backup power generator provider and installer for the Piedmont Natural Gas.
From the moment you become a Canter Power Systems customer, the Peace of Mind Protection Plan guarantees you never have to worry about losing power again.
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